Horse Camp: Keenes


A map depicting trails in the High Lakes area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

High Lakes area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include: Adams Fork Campground, Boulder Trail #1C, Cat Creek Campground, Council Bluff Trail  #117, Green Mountain Trail  #110 , Hamilton Buttes Trail  #118 , Hamilton Peak Trail  #109, High Lakes Trail  #116, Horseshoe Lake Campground, Keenes Horse Camp, Keenes Trail #120, Killen Creek Campground, Spring Creek Trail  #115, Squaw Creek Trail  #265, Takh Takh Meadow Trail  #136.

Area Status: Closed

This campground is located in a high elevation stand of lodgepole pine and mixed conifers. There are 13 sites, 26 hi-line posts, one mounting ram and two manure bins. Water for stock is available. Bring your own drinking water. Mt. Adams Wilderness is just outside the campground to the south. Numerous trails are nearby including the High Lakes Trail #116, Keenes Trail #120 and Muddy Meadows Trail #13. Be sure to fill out a Wilderness Permit before riding in the designated Wilderness.

View a Keenes Horse Camp map (.pdf)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/08/2023: Campground is closed. Anticipated opening date is June 16. Please follow dispersed camping rules. When it is open the campground has first come, first serve sites. For more information contact ExplorUS at 661-702-1420.
Reservations: Frst come, first serve 
  • Camping: Single Site/$18
  • Extra Vehicle: $8
Open Season: 06/16/2023 - 09/24/2023
Usage: Light
  • Access limited in old loop to camper pickups with smaller trailers.
  • Larger rigs can be accommodated in the new loop.
  • Wilderness restrictions apply within nearby Mt. Adams Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No potable water; stock water available.
Restroom: Vault Toilets (2)
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping fee with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
Operated By: Concessionaire
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General Information


From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Continue to follow Forest Service Road 23 for 18.5 miles then turn left onto Forest Road 21. Follow Forest Road 21 for 4.6 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 56. Follow Forest Road 56 for 3 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 5603. Follow Forest Road 5603 for 5.2 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 2329. Follow Forest Road 2329 for 2.5 miles and arrive at the campground on your left. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Horse Camping

Some units have tie stalls.
No. of Sites 13 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites 1 of 13

Horse Riding

The campground offers access to Muddy Meadows Trail #13, which provides access to a network of trails in the Mt. Adams Wilderness. Access to Keenes Camp Trail #120 and Connector Trail #113A is also available and connects Keenes and Killen Horse Camps.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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